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26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

A Certain Force in an Uncertain World

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
26th MEU News
Swansboro school gets Marine reinforcements

By Lance Cpl. Joshua W. Brown | March 24, 2014

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts a wide range of operations to fulfill the mission of the Marine Corps. Sometimes these responsibilities lie outside the field of battle and diplomacy, and instead focus on the needs of their local community. The MEU is sponsoring Swansboro Elementary School, which involves volunteers helping with math, MORE
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GATR Demonstration 26th MEU communicates globally with GATRs

By Lance Cpl. Joshua W. Brown | March 21, 2014

Weighing less than 300 pounds, inflatable and two-man operable; the ground to air transmit and receiver (GATR) provides critical communication capabilities to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “We align the [GATR] to a satellite in space,” said Sgt. Kenton Ciesla, 26th MEU cyber network chief. “When we’re connected, we have a certain amount of MORE
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CBRN Training 26th MEU conducts CBRN training

By Lance Cpl. Joshua Brown | March 14, 2014

The words “EVEN THE BRAVE CRY HERE” are painted in a bold stencil format and displayed on a sign that hangs over the Camp Lejeune gas chamber.   Beyond the sign, a trail with obstacles waits for Marines to traverse its path and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialists lay in wait with canisters of MORE
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Since World War II, in nearly every crisis, the United States Marine Corps has deployed projection forces, with the ability to move ashore with sufficient sustainability for prolonged operations. These forces have been organized into Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTF), a combination of air, ground and support assets. MAGTFs are established for specific missions, or in anticipation of a wide range of possible missions. Combining air, ground and logistic assets maximizes the combat power of each of the war fighting elements. MAGTFs have long provided the United States with a broad spectrum of response options when U.S. and allied interests have been threatened and in non-combat situations that require instant response to crisis. Selective, timely and credible commitment of air-ground units have, on many occasions, helped bring stability to a region and sent signals worldwide to aggressors that the United States is willing to defend its interests, and it is able to do so with a significantly powerful force on extremely short notice.